Connect a 15A round pin (Type M) plug to a UK 13A socket

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This travel adaptor will enable a 15A/16A round pin plug (type M) to be connected to a UK 13A socket (the only domestic socket used in the UK).

The 15A/16A plug is most commonly used in South Africa and in the UK for stage lighting. As there are 3 types of round pin plug, it is important to check your plug before ordering. The rating should be detailed on the plug itself. If you are unsure, measure the distance between the pins. This adaptor is only compatible with the 15A/16A plug (right). For the smaller 5A/6A used in the UK for table lamps and also most commonly in India, click here.

  • Please note that the maximum current of any appliances connected must not exceed 13A, as the unit is protected by the 13A fuse in the plug.
  • Tough Permaplug UK 13A plug with 13A fuse.
  • High quality Permaplug 15A round pin socket.
  • 0.3m of 1.5mm rubber cable for high current applications.
  • The industrial specification H07RN-F rubber cable is specifically manufactured for harsh environments. Find out what’s so special about this cable 
  • PAT tested.

What is a type M plug?

A type M plug is pictured and the following technical details may also help to identify it:

Common Names Configuration Voltage Max Current (Amp)

Type M

British Standard BS546 15A plug

Round pin plug

3 pins in a triangle

Live and neutral pins: Round, 7.1mm diameter, 18.6mm long, spaced 25.2mm apart.

Earth pin: Round, 8.7mm diameter, 28.6 mm long

Polarised (plug can only be inserted one way around)


15A in the UK

16A in other countries


What countries use a type M plug?

The plug is used in 16 countries. Please note that some countries may also use other types of plugs; if you are unsure, check out our Travel Adaptors for UK Visitors Guide.

Bhutan, Botswana, India, Israel, Kuwait, Lesotho, Macau, Malaysia, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Pakistan, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, UK (for stage lighting only).

Why buy your travel adaptors from us?

All of our travel adaptors have been carefully selected following exhaustive tests, to ensure that they are entirely safe for use in the UK. They may not be the cheapest on-line, but we guarantee that they are the safest and most appropriate.

We began to sell travel adaptors after becoming concerned at the number of sub-standard unsafe adaptors being sold online, often with a number of seriously dangerous issues:

  • The UK electrical system is the only domestic system in the world which is dependant on every plug or adaptor having it's own fuse. Without a fuse, the appliance will only be protected by the 32A socket circuit circuit breaker. As the appliance will be designed to be protected by a 10A or 16A fuse, if a fault develops the cable on the appliance, or the appliance itself may overheat.
  • Unsheathed pins, increasing the risk of electrocution, particularly for children whose small fingers may be able to touch the live pin when the plug is only partially inserted.
  • Non-shuttered sockets, enabling a child to insert a metal object into the live receptacle and receive an electric shock.
  • Cannot safely manage the maximum current (power draw) that may occur from the rating of the socket they are recommended to be used with. This may lead to dangerous over-heating.
  • Often do not connect the vital earth pin. Some appliances require an earth connection so that if a fault occurs and an external metal part becomes live, the earth wire safely conducts the electricity away, tripping the circuit breaker or blowing the fuse. If the earth is not connected, the metal will remain live, electrocuting anyone who touches it.